Inspired by all the Strat talk around here lately, I've been thinking about the three primary Strat body choices: alder, ash, mahogany.
I've read all about them, and I have played examples of each, but my experiences are varied and incoherent. Ash strikes me as the snappiest (I think Fender usually goes for hard ash, though swamp ash would strike me as a better choice?), alder is balanced with a mellow attack, and mahogany is sort of compressed and deep. I usually think of mahogany as being rounded off in the treble department, but I don't know if that matters when using single coil pickups and maple necks.
Looking for comments and opinions on the pros/cons of each. Obviously alder is the traditional choice, but the others offer interesting alternatives, especially in an HSS configuration. I'm assuming maple necks and tremolos installed.
Swamp ash > *
Quite simply, it is *the* sound of Fender. I know most Strats are alder, but swamp ash has that pop that you most associate with Strats.